The above photo looks like Herba Mansa. it is usually grown around ponds and water features. Cottonwood trees line the riverbed floor as well as palm trees and mesquites. The lush stream side is home to a lot of wildlife.
We hiked along the many trails within the preserve. My granddaughter is the one on the right, walking with her friend.
Click to enlarge the cholla spines. This year, after our heavy winter rains, the spines are white and thick. Most years they are a dingy yellow, dry and brittle looking.
Going home the back way is the most beautiful desert in Arizona--well, almost. They receive a little more rain than we do--and it's only 50 miles away. Everything there is still blooming and green, and where I live, the desert is already getting dry and dormant, and will remain that way until fall.
We will be taking a lot of day trips this summer--plane trips, hotels and restaurants are out of budget this year! But, I don't mind at all as this is my most favorite place of all! I did love Hawaii though, and Oregon, Ohio, and oh yeah--Switzerland was wonderful!!!!